Partner and Volunteer Engagement
The success of North Chicago Community Partners’ programs and our community school model is highly dependent upon leveraging the resources of the broader community and the ongoing contributions of time, talent and treasure of community partners and volunteers.
NCCP works in collaboration with more than 50 different organizations, including local churches, high schools, colleges, community agencies, cultural groups, and almost 2,500 individual volunteers each year to tutor and mentor students, deliver engaging learning and enrichment opportunities, transform school facilities, encourage teachers and support the basic needs of students and families. They help us supply all teachers with classroom materials, provide hospitality before Parent Teacher Conferences and serve Staff Appreciation Lunch, every month, at each community school. With over 15,000 hours of volunteer service each year, NCCP’s volunteers and partners play an integral role in creating a school climate and culture in North Chicago where members of the school community feel supported, respected and engaged.
Limited financial resources make it impossible for our school district to maintain, enhance, and/or expand school properties on a consistent basis. One area where NCCP has provided significant support to the district is in mobilizing and coordinating resources to repair, maintain, and enhance school facilities.
NCCP has had the privilege of working with volunteers from AbbVie and the AbbVie Foundation to address many of the unmet needs for facilities improvement since 2014 through AbbVie’s Week of Possibilities. This year, NCCP coordinated service projects in North Chicago’s schools (including the renovation of the high school’s auditorium) and in broader Lake County for more than 4,000 AbbVie volunteers.
Volunteers from Christ Church, Discover Financial Services, and First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest also supported the transformation of school facilities. NCCP mobilized these groups and others to weed and maintain gardens, paint classrooms, paint hazard curbs, mulch playgrounds, and deep clean classrooms.
At NCCP, we believe that students and teachers deserve respectful learning environments. These transformations are essential for positive school climate and culture.
A Sample of our Community Collaborations:
Art Impact Project
Bernie’s Book Bank
Big Brothers Big Sisters*
Carmel Catholic High School
Chicago Botanic Garden
City of North Chicago
Cradles to Crayons*
Deer Path Middle School
DePaul University Masters of Nursing Program
Discover Consumer Banking
Field Museum of Natural History*
First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest
Glenbrook North High School
Green Oaks Senior Living*
Habitat for Humanity
Heart of America Foundation
Jack and Jill of America*
Kohl Children’s Museum
Lake Forest Academy
Lake Forest College
Lake Forest Country Day School
Lake Forest High School
Libertyville High School*
Mano a Mano*
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Naval Station Great Lakes
North Chicago Community Unit School District 187
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program
One Hope United*
Points of Light Foundation
Ronald McDonald House Charities*
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Schuler Scholar Program
St. James Lutheran Church
The Church of the Holy Spirit
Trinity International University
Twice as Nice Mother and Child*
*Indicates new partnership